Notifications

Notification (published 2017-06-08)

To all our participating suppliers

As of the 1 of July 2017 the following clarification will be incorporated in the BASTA-criteria:

Clarification – Footnote 8 in the BASTA properties criteria and Footnote 9 in the BETA properties criteria (clarification in bold)

In accordance with the Swedish directive (1998:944) there is a general Swedish ban on mercury with specified exclusions. Low concentrations of mercury that are not intentionally added in any stage thus fall outside the prohibition, but such traces/contamination of mercury should not exceed 2.5 mg/kg. Deviations exceeding 2.5 mg/kg are permitted in cases where they stem from natural occurrence in coal, ore or ore concentrate.

Best wishes,
Sussi Wetterlin
BASTAonline AB

Notification of change in the BASTA-criteria (published 2016-12-15)

To all our participating suppliers

The return of criteria 17c – BASTA

During the criteria update 2015-06-01 criteria 17c (H413) were removed from the properties criteria. The reason for this change was the inconsistence that products which were classified as Hazardous to the aquatic environment in the categories Chronic 1, 2 and 4 could not be registered, but products classified as category Chronic 3 could.

Category Chronic 4 (H413) and categories Chronic 1 (H410): Very toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects, were in connection with the Swedish Chemicals Agency’s latest update of the PRIO-criteria under CLP, included as risk reduction properties. However, the PRIO-criteria does not include category Chronic 2 (H411): toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects, nor category Chronic 3 (H412): long-term adverse effects to aquatic organisms.

In the PRIO-criteria you will find two levels of prioritization; phasing out substances and priority risk reduction substances. Since BASTA should cover both phasing-out and risk reduction properties H413 will be reinstated into the BASTA properties criteria.

However, in practice, more than 90% of the hazardous substances in PRIO are classified as H410 (R50/53 of the DPD) and a fairly small part only H413 (R53 as a single phrase in DPD).

BASTA Methods of Calculation 2016-12-14

Clarification – criteria 5 in BASTA- and BETA-criteria

Substances with an overall assessment Cat 1 or Cat 2 in EG’s EDS Database and substances included on the candidates list with endocrine disrupting properties in accordance with REACH Article 57f.

Voluntary emission information

BASTA will from 1/1 2017  introduce a voluntary opportunity to present results from completed emissions measurements for building products intended for indoor use.

Building products should be emission tested with regards to the release of volatile and semiVOC, SVOC, and certain aldehydes according to the standard which CEN are expected to publish during the autumn (CEN 16516: 2015).

The documentation should be attached as a report of the completed emission measurement in accordance with the draft standard prCEN 16516: 2015.

When the documentation is attached enter the following information in the description field: The Emissions measurements are carried out in accordance with CEN standard 16516:2015. For more information see attached document.

Further information regarding Endocrine disrupting substances

We await with interest the European Commission’s new criteria for endocrine disruptors. It is desirable to use the upcoming EC-unified criteria as a foundation for BASTA:s-own criteria for endocrine disrupters. However, we deem that it is likely that during a transitional period we will continue to depend on lists to define endocrine disrupting substances.

The European Commission’s EDS database is the current list on which BASTA rest the criteria definitions of endocrine disrupters. This is a static list which no longer is updated which means that it does not include any new findings – the list may then contain substances no longer considered as endocrine disrupting substances or lack substances where recent research has been proven endocrine disrupting properties.

We are therefore investigating possible alternatives or complements available with regards to the EDS database. IPCP (International Panel on Chemical Pollution) has been commissioned by the UN agency UNEP to compile an evaluation report regarding endocrine disruptors. A draft of this report is available on the UNEP website. (http://wedocs.unep.org/handle/20.500.11822/12218)

The report selects a number of substances that meets the WHO definition of endocrine disruptors and where the scientific evidence has been evaluated and deemed credible. When the final version of the IPCP-report is published BASTA will assess the possibility of using the IPPC report as a supplement or replacement for EDS database.

If the evaluation of IPCPs report indicates that it is a suitable replacement or complement to the EDS database as the foundation for BASTA endocrine disrupter criteria, changes will be notified at least six months in advance of implementation.

Best wishes,
Sussi Wetterlin and Anna Widheden
BASTAonline AB

Notification of change in the BASTA-criteria (published 2016-06-10)

To all our participating suppliers

As of the 1 of January 2017 the following change will be done in the BASTA-criteria:

During the criteria update 2015-06-01 criteria 17c (H413) were removed from the properties criteria. The reason for this change was the inconsistence that products which were classified as Hazardous to the aquatic environment in the categories Chronic 1, 2 and 4 could not be registered, but products classified as category Chronic 3 could.

Category Chronic 4 (H413) and categories Chronic 1 (H410): Very toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects, were in connection with the Swedish Chemicals Agency’s latest update of the PRIO-criteria under CLP, included as risk reduction properties. However, the PRIO-criteria does not include category Chronic 2 (H411): toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects, nor category Chronic 3 (H412): long-term adverse effects to aquatic organisms.

In the PRIO-criteria you will find two levels of prioritization; phasing out substances and priority risk reduction substances. Since BASTA should cover both phasing-out and risk reduction properties H413 will be reinstated into the BASTA properties criteria.

However, in practice, more than 90% of the hazardous substances in PRIO are classified as H410 (R50/53 of the DPD) and a fairly small part only H413 (R53 as a single phrase in DPD).

Changes in the BASTA / BETA-criteria 2016: A2 (will be published no later than 2016-06-30)

BASTA / BETA-criteria:
The passage regarding metabolites / degradation products is removed from the criteria. However, this textual change is of no significance for the content.

BASTA-criteria:
A clarification of criterion 12 – subdivision 12a) and 12b)
The changes in version 2016: A2 will not require additional updating of the Sub-supplier Declaration or any supplementing of the Safety Data sheet.

BASTA will send an e-mail to all our suppliers regarding the notification of change in the BASTA-system as soon as all criteria documents have been updated (no later than 2016-06-17). The updated criteria documents will be included in the email.

Best wishes,
Sussi Wetterlin and Anna Widheden
BASTAonline AB

Summary of criteria changes 2016-01-01
(published 2015-12-22)

BASTA Properties criteria:

Introduction page 2: Clarification metabolites.

Criteria 6: Clarification and elimination of H362. Alleviation.

Note 3: Clarification specific concentration limits.

Note 3:  Addition of PAH-regulation valid from 2015-12-27.

Note 14:  Clarification summation rules.

Risk phrases page 7: Correction.

BETA Properties criteria:

Introduction page 2: Clarification metabolites.

Criteria 6: Clarification and elimination of H362. Alleviation.

Note 4: Clarification specific concentration limits.

Note 4:  Addition of PAH-regulation valid from 2015-12-27.

Risk phrases page 7: Correction.

Basta properties criteria 2016-01-01

Beta properties criteria 2016-01-01


Summary of criteria changes 2015-06-01 (published 2015-07-01)

Updates in BASTA and BETA Properties criteria 2015-06-01

BASTA Properties criteria:

Criteria 3a: Incorrect notification to 3a) should have be amended from 0.3% to 0.1%. However, 0.3% is the correct percentage and persists. Unchanged.

Criteria 13: Clarification of the ATE values. Unchanged

Criteria 14b) Added H371 with concentration limit of 10%. Tightening

Criteria 14c) H304 is moved from Property criterion 16. It had previously a concentration limit of 10%. This is now a product criterion, i.e. if the product as such is classified as H304 the product will not qualify for registration. Alleviation

Criteria 15b) Added H373 with concentration limit of 10%. Tightening

Criteria 17c) Removed. Alleviation

BETA Properties criteria:

Criteria 3: Incorrect notification to 3a) should have been changed from 0.3% to 0.1%. However, 0.3% is the correct percentage and persists. Unchanged

Yours Sincerely

The BASTA offfice


Sometimes things go wrong … (published 2015-06-26)

An error slipped into the newly updated properties criteria in paragraph 3a) – Toxic to reproduction. The concentration limit was changed incorrectly to 0.1% by weight, but it will continue to be 0.3% by weight and nothing else.

However, with regards to substances classified H360, it still applies that per request one is required to send out an SDS which accounts for levels down to 0.1% by weight. This is a legal requirement but it has nothing to do with BASTAs properties criteria.

We apologize for any extra work.

BASTA Offices


Notification of change in the BASTA system (published 2014-11-28)

To all our participating suppliers

As of the 1 of June 2015 some changes in the properties criteria will be introduced in the BASTA system.

It is therefore important that you as a supplier in the system, well before the changes take effect, review your products in accordance to the new BASTA and BETA criteria.

The changes in the property criteria are as follows:

Tightening of BASTA criteria (effective 2015-06-01)

Criteria 14, alternative 2 (CLP)

Criteria 14 specify a limit of 1% for substances classified STOT-SE category 1 (H370). According to the ”Guidance on the Application of the CLP Criteria” table 3.8.3, mixtures/preparations classified as STOT-SE Category 1 and Category 2 H370 and H371 shall not occur. For mixtures/preparations containing substances classified as STOT-SE category 2 with a concentration of ≥10%, the mixture/preparation as such shall be classifies as STOT-SE category 2 (H371), and should consequently be included in the criteria. H371 ≥10% will be added in criteria 14 Alternative 2.

Criteria 15, alternative 2 (CLP)

Criteria 15 specify a limit of 1% for substances classified STOT-RE category 1 (H372). According to the ”Guidance on the Application of the CLP Criteria” table 3.9.4, mixtures/preparations classified as STOT-RE Category 1 and Category 2 H372 and H373 shall not occur. For mixtures/preparations containing substances classified as STOT-RE category 2 with a concentration of ≥10%, the mixture/preparation as such shall be classifies as STOT-RE category 2 (H373), and should consequently be included in the criteria. H373 ≥10% will be added in criteria 15 Alternative 2.

Registration of products in the BASTA system after 1/6 2015

After the 1/6 2015 all registrations in the system will be in accordance with Alternative 2 of the criteria (CLP version), since all mixtures placed on the market later than 1/6 must be labeled according to the CLP. After this date, no updates are undertaken in Alternative 1 of the criteria. This means that after the 1/6 2015 notifications updating the CLP version will not result in an update in Alternative 1 (KIFS version) of the criteria. All products registered against Alternative 1 must from the 1/6 2015 be assessed in accordance with Alternative 2.

Notification of changes in the Terms of agreement – Safety Data Sheets used as risk-information in BETA.

IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute has investigated whether a safety data sheet which complies with the REACH Regulation covers the information required by BASTA’s terms and conditions and concluded that this is the case.

Therefore it has been decided that a safety data sheet can suffices as risk-information for chemical products, provided that it meets the requirements under REACH Regulation.

The wording: “For chemical products, a safety data sheet may be sufficient as environmental- and health safety information, provided that it covers the same information as the environmental- and health safety information according to the template provided by BASTAonline AB.” will be replaced by “for chemical products a safety data sheet can suffice as environmental and health safety information provided this complies with the REACH Regulation, Title IV (Information in the supply chain). ”

Yours sincerely,

Sussi Wetterlin and Anna Widheden

BASTAonline AB


Notification of change in the BASTA system (published 2013-12-20)

To all our participating suppliers

In 2014 BASTA plans to further develop their system of qualification. At present the classification of construction products in the BASTA system relies on a simplified evaluation of the subject contents inherent hazards. As the system does not take into account if the risks associated with the inherent hazard can be expressed or not, it creates a situation where whole types of materials risks becoming disqualified despite very limited health and environmental risks. Therefore, BASTA will be enabling certain types of materials, which today are disqualified in the system, but which also holds an important function in today’s construction, to become independently evaluated for their actual health and environmental risks.

As of 1 January 2014 BASTA welcomes the material industry (or representatives thereof) to contact BASTA office to apply for a guidance documentation preparation for individual types of materials. The requirement is that 1) the material type is needed for today’s construction, that 2) one feels that there is sufficient information and knowledge regarding said material type and that this demonstrates a limited and acceptable health and environmental risks and 3) that there is a possible participation and funding from industry in efforts to develop a guidance document.

In view of the impending changes in the property criteria an option is provided for a general exemption in the BASTA system for products that do not meet the more stringent requirement for endocrine disruptors, which comes into force on the 1 of January 2014. This exemption applies until the end of March 2014. During the first quarter of 2014 BASTA offers an option to apply for the development of guidance documents (as stated in the requirements in the preceding paragraph) for the types of materials which do not meet the changes in the property criteria. When a written request for a certain type of material is submitted and granted by BASTA, an extension on the exemption can be granted until the guidance document is completed and products based on the specific type of material can be allowed to register in the new register.

For further information contact BASTA’s CEO Sussi Wetterlin (Sussi.wetterlin@ivl.se).

Nanoparticles

BASTA had previously announced that the presence of nanoparticles should be documented and be made available on request as from 1 January 2014. The requirement will apply to nanomaterials, and not for individual nanoparticles. The EU Commission Recommendation on the definition of nanomaterial will however result in some difficulties in determining what is a nanomaterial and what is not a nanomaterial, something which is among other things depend on the fact that we currently have no harmonized methods to measure the size or size distribution of particles in the materials. Leading to situation where different measurements can give results that are not comparable. BASTA has due to these complications decided to postpone the documentation requirement for nanomaterials until a harmonized measurement method have been developed.

For further information please contact BASTA Scientific Coordinator Anna Widheden (anna.widheden@ivl.se).

* http://ec.europa.eu/environment/chemicals/endocrine/strategy/being_en.htm


Notification of change in the BASTA system (published 2013-06-26)

To all our participating suppliers

From 1 of January 2014, two changes in the property criteria will be introduced in to the BASTA system. We have noticed that the link to which we refer in our previous notice does not work anymore. This is why we are currently sending out updated information with the correct link.

In addition, a number of clarifications and other changes have been made among the properties criteria (see below). These have been incorporated into the criterion documents, which were posted on the website during week 26.

It is therefore important that you as a supplier in the system, well before the changes take effect, review your products in accordance to the new BASTA and BETA criteria.

The changes in the property criteria are as follows:

Tightening of BASTA criteria (effective 2014-01-01)

Endocrine disrupting The criterion will cover the substances which will receive the overall assessment Cat 1 or Cat 2 in EU’s – EDC Database, which therefore may not be present in concentrations of 0.1% or higher. EU’s – EDS Database can be downloaded at: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/chemicals/endocrine/strategy/being_en.htm To extract the database, please follow these instructions:

Download the zipped file to your hard-disk
•Unzip the file and run the database (by a double-click on the mdb-file).
•Choose  ”Categorisation” in order to view the substances that are included in the database.
Minimum requirement: MS Access 2003 or later. We will continue to work with endocrine disruptor criterion as we have found this criterion to be an evolving and changing criterion.

Nanoparticles  If a product contains nanoparticles, this information needs to be included in the assessment documents. Information regarding products containing nanoparticles should also be provided to customers on request.


Clarifications and other changes of the BASTA properties criteria (effective immediately – published 2013-06-26)

Criteria 3a

Dual concentration limits are being introduced as we have passed the date when the concentration limit for goods was lowered to match the REACH information requirements. The requirements state that information must be provided for products which contain 0.1% or more of the substances found on the candidate list.

BETA concentration limits for Lead (Pb)

We are introducing a clarification in the BETA properties criteria which states that the exemption from the concentration limit of 0.1% for lead only applies to the product categories which are included in the RoHS directive, see http://www.kemi.se/sv/Innehall/Fragor-i-fokus/Elektrisk-och-elektronisk-utrustning—RoHS-direktivet/

Mercury (Hg)

We have removed the rows concerning low energy light bulbs and fluorescent tubes from the BETA properties criteria. The footnote states that exemptions under the RoHs directive stands.

Criteria 14, option 2 (applies to BASTA not BETA): Toxicity after single exposure

In this criteria STOT-SE had incorrectly become STOS-SE, which we now have rectified.

Criteria 16, option 2 (applies to BASTA not BETA): Volatile organic compounds.

H302 (harmful if swallowed) has correctly been replaced by H304 (may be fatal whence swallowed if it reaches the airways).

We want to thank all our participating suppliers for your support of BASTA.

Yours sincerely,

Per Löfgren and Anna Widheden

BASTAonline AB